Tributes to bike crash victim

A “loyal and loving” man who was twice one of Burger King's national managers of the year has died at the age of 32. Jonathan Heels, from Overstrand, died in a road accident as he pursued his biggest passion - motorcycling.

A “loyal and loving” man who was twice one of Burger King's national managers of the year has died at the age of 32.

Jonathan Heels, from Pauls Lane, Overstrand, died in a road accident as he pursued his biggest passion - motorcycling.

His family paid tribute to the popular taxi driver, who was a familiar face in north Norfolk and “doted” on his nieces and nephews.

Sister Melanie said: “I couldn't have asked for a better, more loyal and loving brother. We've had some wonderful times together. He loved his nieces and nephews to bits. He was just so loyal to the people he loved.”

And dad Jim Heels, from Connaught Road, Cromer, said: “I cannot think of anything that he ever did to annoy me. He was a great lad.”

Jonathan was brought up in Cromer, and attended the infant, junior and high schools before taking a college course in mechanics. He had a long spell as manager of Burger King in Cromer, during which time he won dream holidays in New York and Miami after being named among the firm's top managers in the country. In recent years he worked as a taxi driver for Anglia Taxis.

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Jonathan was an active man with a passion for horse riding, fishing, chess, computer games, kick-boxing and martial arts.

Mr Heels said his son's “big passion” was motorbikes. “He got his first bike, an RD125, when he was 18. He loved stripping it down and doing it up. All the motorbike parts in his room showed that. His last bike was a Kawasaki 636.”

Jonathan leaves his parents, Jim and Jill, sisters Melanie, Deborah and Sue, and brothers Steve, David and Matthew, and a host of nieces and nephews. His funeral service is at Cromer parish church on Friday at 1.30pm, with family flowers only, followed by a private family cremation at St Faith's.

Everyone is invited to attend a celebration of Jonathan's life at Giovanni's on New Street, Cromer, after the funeral.

Police are seeking witnesses to the accident in which Jonathan was involved shortly before 7pm on July 20 on the A140 near Hanworth. His bike collided with a JCB towing a trailer, which had exited Topshill Road on to the main road. Contact PC Steve Crowley at eastern area road policing on 0845 4564567.